Nigeria didn’t make the listing of maximum complex nations in Africa, in spite of being known as the Giant of Africa.

A document by way of Insider Monkey, titled: “12 Most Advanced Countries in Africa”, published that Africa is among the richest continents in the arena in the case of herbal assets, including that the continent has huge assets of precious metals akin to cobalt, gold, platinum, and coltan.

The document indexed 12 nations in Africa which were ready to make use of their herbal assets to spice up their financial system.

These nations are Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Republic of Zimbabwe; United Republic of Tanzania; Republic of Senegal; Republic of Namibia; Republic of Ghana; Arab Republic of Egypt; Republic of Kenya; Republic of Botswana; Republic of Tunisia; Republic of Morocco and Republic of South Africa.

For example, the document confirmed that the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is based totally on agriculture, and the rustic exports other merchandise akin to cocoa beans, gold, and petroleum merchandise, thereby boosting its financial system to $173 billion GDP in phrases of buying energy parity.

Meanwhile, stakeholders have decried Nigeria’s incapacity to export its merchandise to different nations. To them, Nigeria is blessed with other kinds of meals, however it is not able to export farm merchandise because of its incapacity to fulfill world requirements.

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun stated whilst Nigerian farmers produce about 48 million tonnes of yam every year, they’re not able to export them, as a result of they’re being rejected by way of evolved nations.

Abiodun stated maximum Nigerian farmers needed to ship their farm produce to Ghana to be examined for high quality assurance, ahead of exporting it to different nations.

With the brand new commissioning of the African Quality Assurance Centre in Ogun State, the state governor stated Nigerian farmers would not cross to Ghana to check their merchandise ahead of export, including that the brand new facility would building up Nigeria’s non -oil income.

As for South Africa, it’s the 5th biggest financial system in Africa which used to be value $411 billion ultimate yr, the document said, including that, “It is the only country in Africa with a nuclear power plant and is known for important scientific contributions such as the first human to human heart transplant, yellow fever vaccine, and X-Ray based CT scans. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the country is the only African nation with most of its Global Innovation Index scores in the third quartile, with a high market sophistication score of 39.”

Reacting to this, Professor and supervisor, Drug Manufacturing Company, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, (NIPRD), Prof. Martins Emeje informed LEADERSHIP, that Nigeria is lagging in the back of in the case of science.

Emeje disclosed that Nigeria is a house to one of the most perfect mind in pharmaceutical scientists in the arena, including that, “The country has the human capacity to manufacture any type of drug, to undertake research and development into any type of drug, whether it is synthetic or natural. The country also has the professionals, intellectual and industrial know-how that is needed to produce vaccines.”

In phrases of Infrastructural capability, then again, he said that Nigeria does now not have the infrastructural capability to fabricate, now not simply vaccine, however all medication.

“Right now as we discuss, Nigeria does now not manufacture any drug 100 in keeping with cent. We import uncooked fabrics, this is energetic pharmaceutical elements, then we compound them or produce them into pill, pills, injection and syrups and many others. Sometimes, we import already completed merchandise from India, China and the United Kingdom (UK) into our well being device and into the marketplace to be bought in the drugstore or patent stores or in our hospitals.

“So, we do not manufacture anything and that is because, the infrastructure that is required for Nigeria pharmaceutical space, industry players, that is the scientists to undertake synthesis of chemical compound required to make our own drugs and vaccines, are unavailable at this point.”

To spice up the rustic in phrases of study and construction, Emeje then again stated the pharmaceutical firms and personal sector must additionally step as much as fund analysis and construction in Nigeria, as executive can’t do it on my own. “It was AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company that funded or partly funded the AstraZeneca vaccine we are using today. Pfizer also funded its own vaccine, so pharmaceutical companies should be ready to do so in Nigeria and stop funding election campaigns that have little value on Nigerians,” he added.